Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Guerrillas Guerrilla'd

posted by Mustapha

One of war's most durable lessons is that when your enemies change, your tactics have to change. Too bad Hassan Nassralah didn't heed that aphorism. In fact, on the Lebanese stage, a large, strong and highly organized Hezbollah is finding itself in the awkward position of fighting smaller, faster, and nimbler opponents.In a conventional war, large armies rely on overwhelming attacks with big weapons and complex logistics. This makes them slow and inefficient, and creates openings for faster guerrillas to attack and run. The army gets angry and sends even larger weapons, while the guerrillas just hide and wait for another opportunity to scratch their mighty opponent. At the end, the enemy dies of a thousand small cuts and runs away.

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